What's hot: The weather has been the biggest problem the past two weeks. Cold fronts passing through every four days will push water out of the bay on low tides, exposing every sand bar at the edge of every flat. Use this to your advantage: Look for cuts in the bars. Redfish and trout must use these cuts during extreme low tide as passage onto the flats.
Gear: Neoprene waders are a must when water temperatures get below 70 degrees. Wear a wading belt, which allows you to carry an extra rod, a small tackle box, and most important, it keeps water from entering the waders if you slip or fall. I like to wear a breathable jacket to allow heat to escape after vigorous wading.
Tackle: I prefer a 7-foot rod and a 3000 series reel loaded with 10-pound braided line. It is a light combo that won't wear me out while wading. The light braid allows for long casts with the wind, which allows for covering more area when blind casting. A 6-foot 20-pound camouflage leader will keep redfish from seeing the braided line in the clear water. A red quarter-ounce jig rigged with a root beer-colored tail works well. It imitates a small crustacean, the favorite food of trout and redfish.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.